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Rotary Club grants Family Access Network $500 for Crook County students' needs

The Crook County Fair kicks off with the 17th Annual Greg Merritt Barbecue this Wednesday, Aug 7 at 5 p.m. The public is invited to attend and support the Greg Merritt Community Scholarship Fund, which provides thousands of dollars in scholarships to Crook County High School graduates each year. The recipients of the 2019 Greg Merritt Scholarships were Jason Slawter, Carson Smith, Grace Kasberger and Daisy Forseth.

The scholarship fund was established in 2001 by family and friends to honor the life of Greg Merritt, a prominent local farmer and agri-businessman who strongly believed in education and community service. Greg and his wife, Gail, were involved in the fair and the 4-H and FFA auction for many years. Greg was a candidate for Crook County judge when he died of cancer at age 54.

Entertainment will be provided by The Modern Gentlemen, who toured with the legendary rock and roll icon Frankie Valli. Their classic sound of pop, rock, jazz and doo wop blended with today's modern style is guaranteed to please all ages. The Modern Gentlemen are brought to you by the Crook County Foundation, in partnership with local businesses, as part of the 2019 Picnic in the Park series. Admission to the fair is free.

The barbeque is held under the big tent at the fairgrounds and the public is invited. A dinner of tri-tip beef, potatoes, salad, rolls, drinks and dessert is $12 for adults and $5 for children under 12.

Chamber After Hours will be hosted by 7th St. Dental this Thursday, Aug. 8 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. They are located at 302 NE 7th St.

Crook County Fairgrounds, 1280 N Main St. will host this week's Prineville Perk on Friday, Aug. 9 from 8 to 8:30 a.m. For more information on Prineville Perk, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 541-447-6304.

Just when they thought they'd seen their largest donation ever in 2018, Mid Oregon Credit Union kicked off its annual Supplies 4 Schools 2019 supply drive with yet another record donation from a Redmond resident, who stuffed more than 190 backpacks with school supplies ready for local students.

The donor, Vikki Olds of Redmond, topped her previous year's contribution of 140 backpacks by a significant margin, saying that she planned ahead and ordered many of the supplies earlier in the year to get maximum benefit from her investment. Her husband, daughter, son-in-law and a group of family friends worked several weekends in a row to organize and assemble the backpacks.

"Vikki is one of those amazing people who acts from her heart and makes big things happen," says Marketing VP Kyle Frick. "Our Supplies4Schools drive allows all our members to contribute to help kids have what they need for school, and Vikki takes it to a whole new level."

The Supplies 4 Schools fundraiser and supply drive is underway during the month of August at all seven locations within Mid Oregon Credit Union's service area. All donations of cash and supplies stay in the community where they are collected. In most communities, Mid Oregon partners with Family Access Network and other local agencies to distribute the supplies to students in Deschutes, Crook, and Jefferson counties who may lack the basic necessities to be successful at school.

Although Olds is a Redmond resident, she requested that her donations be distributed throughout Central Oregon to ensure that students with the greatest need have what they need to start the school year, regardless of where they live. "I researched the statistics on food insecurity in our local area, and it showed kids in every part of Central Oregon could use the help," Olds says. "I just want to see that the supplies go to students who'll benefit the most."

The Family Access Network (FAN) recently received a $500 grant from the Rotary Club of Crook County. Funds will be used for a laundry program for low-income students attending Crook County schools who don't have access to laundry facilities. Students who are in need of laundry assistance will receive a pre-loaded laundry card to use at Express Eco Laundromat in Prineville.


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